2011 07 17 (019ce) Paradise Shelduck @ Cornwall Park-a55v-09
2011 .. Female Paradise Shelduck (Tadorna variegata) at Cornwall Park Auckland New Zealand ..
Sony dSLT a55v at 1/400 1600iso with Minolta AF 500mm f8 reflex lens
The Paradise Shelduck, Tadorna variegata, is a large goose-like duck endemic to New Zealand. They are known to the Māori as Pūtangitangi but now commonly referred to as the "Paradise duck", and are prized game birds. Both the male and female have striking plumage, the male has a black head and barred black body, the female a white head with a chestnut body.
The Paradise Shelducks usually live as pairs, grazing on grass and weeds, and will raid crops, particularly when molting
Before Europeans settled in New Zealand the Maori hunted Paradise Shelducks in favoured districts. Hunting was done outside the breeding season when the birds were molting and could not fly. During the breeding season hunting them was forbidden. This conservation and selective hunting system ensured good supplies of food.